We have been building back towards what we can be
Burnley took away Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 100 per cent record as Manchester United manager tonight with a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and the result could have been even better but for two late United goals.
Solskjaer said: “The comeback was brilliant, the players have been asked about how they would react if they went 1-0 or 2-0 down so I felt the comeback was fantastic. We had loads of chances, loads of possession, we didn’t deserve to lose, but we did it to ourselves really.
“We disappointed ourselves and we disappointed the crowd today, but the ones who stayed had a typical Old Trafford finish to the game so that was a big plus.”
Positive as ever, Sean Dyche said after the game: “I’m definitely delighted, not disappointed. “We know about all the positive noises coming out of Manchester United at the moment following their fine run of results. It’s a tough place to come anyway, but particularly when they are on a roll, so to come and deliver that performance and get a result is pleasing overall.”
He added: “I have very few frustrations, but how you can touch someone on the shoulder and their legs suddenly don’t work is amazing, but that’s the modern game and I’m the only one going on about it, so I have to live with that. We also had five minutes of added-on time, which is beyond me. I don’t know where that came from, and the reason I mention that is that it gave the crowd an energy and that gave the players a lift. We all know what ‘Fergie Time’ means in these parts and suddenly they had a renewed energy about them.
“The margins are tight and we had a big decision go against us at Watford, with an onside goal disallowed for offside, and tonight, when Sánchez heads the ball on, Lindelöf is marginally offside and ends up scoring. But, beyond all that I saw a very good performance against a very, very good side.
“In the first half, particularly, a lot of our forward play was very good and the two centre forwards were excellent, particularly in the first 60 minutes. Behind them, I can’t really fault anyone. Some people question Jeff, but he plays all over the place and gets on with it every single time, without question. He accepts the role, drives on and delivers. Dwight was good again and Westy and Corky are beginning to get that connection again.
“The back four were resolute and strong and Tom, behind that, showed assuredness. There were a lot of good signs, but you know me; I want more. We have been building back towards what we can be. I think everyone can see that. Suddenly, we are five unbeaten and very close to being five wins, not just three wins and two draws. A couple of decisions and who knows? But more generally I’m happy with the signs and I spoke to the players afterwards about continuing that resilience and mentality and we’ve made a strong marker of that lately.”
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